If There’s Anything We Can Do…

30 01 2011

More people than I can count have uttered these words in the past three weeks:

If there’s anything we can do to help, please let us know.

There is something. In fact, there are two somethings.

The first is what many of you are already doing: Praying for me and my family. God’s pure white light has touched us to our very cores here in the Neilson household and we have been surrounded by daily miracles (I’ll be sharing these in an upcoming post). For that, there are no words. We are deeply humbled and very grateful.

The second request is this: Please subscribe to my blog.

Hang in there; there’s a method to my madness.

I had a lengthy discussion with my literary agent, Jessica Faust of Bookends, LLC, last Monday. She and I have been working together on a memoir for several months, one that would tell the story of the BRCA genes as well as of the four generations of women in my family who have been identified as carriers.

Three weeks ago, this story took a sudden, jerky turn in the road. And I am more compelled and driven to complete it than ever before. It seems that there was a final piece that I had been waiting for — I just didn’t know it.

Jessica is an extremely talented, successful, well-respected and highly-sought agent and I am indeed blessed to have her on my team. She believes so strongly in my writing abilities and this story that she told me last Monday that she will go into the trenches to sell it to a publisher.

In order to do that, though, I have to supply a final missing piece from my end: blog subscribers. Publishers in the year 2011 are not only looking for talented writers, but also for proof that a writer has a “platform” — defined in many ways, but in this case, they’d be looking at my existing social network, including a facebook page, twitter account, blog — and at least 5,000 blog subscribers.

That’s where you come in. The number of daily hits on my blog has skyrocketed in the past three weeks. But publishers want more than just hits — they want subscribers. It’s free, involves hitting the Email Subscription button on my blog, and entering your email addy. Baadaaboom — baadaabing — you are a subscriber. You will receive an email alert each time I post something new. That’s it.

But this small act on your part will make all the difference. It’ll give me the best shot of grabbing a publisher’s attention. Which would lead to the publication of my book — a story of hope and also of life-saving scientific advancements. I want to spread the word far and wide. I know it won’t just touch lives — it will save them.

My goal is to reach 5,000 subscriptions to my blog by March 3, 2011 — the day that would have marked five years cancer-free for me. Though I won’t be celebrating that mark on that day — not this year, anyway — help me to make it a day of celebration. Subscribe to my blog and ask everyone you know to do the same.

I’ve added an Email Subscription option to my blog. Scroll down and you’ll see it appear along the right side. Enter your email addy. Pass the word on to others to do the same.

Meanwhile, I’ll keep posting updates to my blog’s subscription numbers — until we are up and over the 5,000 mark.

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37 responses

30 01 2011
Amy Buttell

Just subscribed and so did my brother. I tweeted about it and put it out to my LinkedIn and FB friends too.

Amy

30 01 2011
Stacy

Just subscribed.

30 01 2011
kristi

What’s the subscription number at now? Just want to see it grow!

31 01 2011
Amy Rauch Neilson

17 new people in the last hour, so we are at 25 email subs and climbing fast!!

31 01 2011
Dawn

I just subcribed per a post on FB from Holly Smith. Good luck to you on publishing your memoirs and more importantly with your treatments! Holly and I walked in the Susan G. Komen 3-day last August 2010 and it was an amazing experience. Keep the faith!!

31 01 2011
Sherry Lotfian

I just subscribed per a post on FB from Carrie Wilson. My middle daughter, Jennifer (34 years old), is a two year survivor. She tested triple negative and has no family history of breast cancer.

31 01 2011
Jennifer Weallans

Signed up. I am BRCA 1+ too. Glad you are working on informing others, you are an inspiration.

31 01 2011
Bob Adams

I subscribed earlier but will repeat with another address and ask my friends to subscribe–though my circle of friends is small compared to yours.

I had the privelege of reading the first few chapters of Amy’s memoirs, at least an early version. How beautifully they are written, and with the humor of a talented writer–which will suprise no one. I couldn’t stop reading until the end was reached.

31 01 2011
Susan Maciolek

Dear Amy,

I received the message from Bob and have subscribed to your blog with all my e-addresses!

Your memoir deserves to be published….

31 01 2011
Betty Middlebrook

Well done. Please continue. I’ve been there.

31 01 2011
C. V. Chung

Amy,

Best wishes to you and look forward to hearing about progress made to your health.

A friend of BA,

CV

1 02 2011
Christina Waldrup-Hitte

Praying for you and stay strong 🙂

1 02 2011
George Leach

My wife has also developed cancer. She has lung cancer and has a gene, leyden factor V, which makes he pron to blood clots. Because of this she must take shots and is limited in the chemo protocall she can take. Best wishes to you. People need to know how these factors can effect you.

1 02 2011
Georgette

Bob Adams sent me. Good luck with your treatments.

1 02 2011
jkmcmillan1@aol.com

Dear Christian Friend,

As a 3 time cancer survivor (double mastectomy as well) I can more than relate to your angst. I do not know your name, you are a friend of my niece, Cindy Kahle, and I want to help you reach your goal(s). If you ever want to talk, call me….cancer is a very scary word/condition and I have ultimate respect for the fight you’ve got to fight! My name is Julie….586-776-7762. With sincere best wishes for a FULL recovery, through God’s grace……………;D

5 02 2011
Amy Rauch Neilson

It’s Amy Rauch Neilson.

1 02 2011
Karen

Go Amy Go!!!

2 02 2011
sarah christensen

Just subscribed***

2 02 2011
Anita Rago

Dear Amy,
Good luck to you!

3 02 2011
Bob Deady

Oops! I forgot to tick the subsribe box the first time around.

3 02 2011
debbie

god bless you – be strong and believe the best is yet to come!

4 02 2011
Margaret Koelzer

You will be in my family’s thoughts and prayers.

4 02 2011
Janette Jones

Miracles happen every day! Will keep you in my prayers.

4 02 2011
Margaret

Adding to you to my prayers

4 02 2011
Karen

Hey Amy just wondering how the count is going? I am sure you have hit your mark. So many people are praying for you!

4 02 2011
Amy Rauch Neilson

Karen,
We still have some work to do. Count is at 706 subscribers as of 6:17 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. We are almost 20 percent of the way there in less than a week — but we still have a ways to go.

11 02 2011
Amy Rauch Neilson

We are at just over 1,000 — so we are making great progress, but still have a ways to go! 5,000 by March 3, 2011!

11 02 2011
Karen

That is great. I am putting the word out to everyone I know!! I will keep praying for you and your family!!! I know you will make it!!!!!n YOU GO GIRL!! 🙂

10 02 2011
Orodemniades

Came over from LFCA – subscription done and dusted.

And as someone who works in an independent bookstore, I think it’s ridiculous from a business standpoint for a book to have proven platform long before it hits the shelves. But, whatever makes her happy, right?

10 02 2011
Amy Rauch Neilson

Yes, whatever makes him or her happy — we’re not yet sure who the publisher who picks up my book will be.

10 02 2011
LaurieAnn

Here from LFCA – and subscribed! Best of luck to you!

10 02 2011
Celia

I just subscribed and posted a notice to my Facebook account.

10 02 2011
Maggie

I love a good cause. My grandmother had breast cancer even though that’s not what killed her in the end.

10 02 2011
CaroG

Done. Have lost a great-aunt and a few friends to this awful disease. An old friend from Girl Scouts & HS is now battling it, and an aunt on the other side of the family is an almost-20-year survivor. I hate BC and anything I can do to help! Sending you hugs across cyberspace!

15 02 2011
lori

just subscribed

16 02 2011
Cindy Furdero

I’m interested in your journey… My prayers are with you and your family.

21 03 2011
Donna Stec

Good luck!

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